Aakash 2 launched, costs Rs. 1130 for students…

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Aakash 2 is finally launched and news is good all around especially for students. Pranab Mukherjee yesterday unveiled the ultra-low cost tablet at function in New Delhi. The updated version of Aakash, comes with a decent specs and extremely low price.

aakash 2

Aakash 2 has a decent 1 GHz processor, 512 mb RAM, a 7 inch capacitive touch screen and an upgraded battery that offers over 3 hours of normal usage of tablet. Aakash 2 runs on the latest Android 4.0 operating system, and has a front-facing VGA camera and built in Wi-Fi connectivity among other things.

Priced at Rs. 1130, this ultra-cheap device has come in reach of nearly every student in India. The real cost of this tablet is Rs. 2263. however, Government of India has subsidized it by 50% for Indian students.

Aakash has been in midst of lot of controversy since the time it launched way back in 2010.  Many critics had cast their doubts on this initiative and had called it a complete mess. We had exclusively carried an official MHRD clarification on Aakash Tablet earlier this year.

The Aakash 2 device has been developed under the Aegis of IIT Mumbai and were supported by C-DAC in Pune. The manufacturing of Aakash 2 was done by Datawind, the same contractor who produced first version of Aakash as well.

According to Datawind CEO, initially 1 lakh Aakash 2 tablets will be provided to students of Engineering colleges and subsequently will be provided to other students as well.

However, for more eager ones who want to get their hands of Aakash 2, can go for commercial version which is available on Datawind’s site for Rs. 3500/-.

We are trying to get our hands on Aakash 2 for review purposes, so if we do manage to do that, we will surely put up a video review of this much talked about device.

[Note: t\The picture above is of Aakash 1, we will update it as soon as we get pictures of Aakash II]

  1. Jeet says

    it got pretty good specifications than the earlier Aakash. Worthy if you can get it for just Rs. 1130

  2. i.learn says

    While it is widely publicized that these ultra cheap tablets with decent spec will be able to help the student community I would like to know how exactly it can achieve that?
    because most of the text books prescribed by Indian universities and state boards are not available on android platform. Maths can’t be done on these tablets. It might be a good replacement for regular phone for email, chat, and browsing but still there is no real substitute for Windows OS and MS office suite.
    Can readers / bloggers reply and help me understand this?

  3. Vandhana Karthick says

    Worthy information to students but as said by previous visitor Pankaj how they will given service..I think they will sell in first come first serve basis, as initially there are only 1lakh tablets manufactured which is small quantity comparing to the large population of students in India. It will be more useful for all other than students too, as I never seen low cost tablet with similar features as others. Kindly let me know reviews and feedback on the same website once again. As all electronic device has its own pros and cons, so we need to beware before buying an product whatever the amount may be.

  4. Pankaj says

    Dear Arun,

    Thanks for your efforts and making everyone aware of the latest happenings.

    BUT Amazingly, I booked at DATAWIND Website far back more than 6 months now and payment done more than 2 months back…there is no satisfactory reply from any of the DATAWIND concern, when the booked & payment done product will reach to the customer…

    Booking ID – PM23561
    A payment of Rs. 4498/- is done and is confirmed by DATAWIND on 25-Aug-12.
    The details of the cheque are:
    Payable to Datawind Innovations Pvt. Ltd. at the following address: Datawind Innovations Pvt.Ltd., 8148, Jubilee Complex, Sultanwind Road, Amritsar -143001.
    Cheque No.: 397316
    Date: 08-August-2012
    Amount: Rs. 4498/- (Rs. four thousand four hundred & ninety eight only)
    Bank Name: ICICI Bank
    Branch: ICICI, Meera Bagh, Paschim Vihar, New Delhi-63
    Details are provided at the back side of this cheque:
    Booking ID-PM23561
    Name: Pankaj Kumar Galhotra
    Address for Delivery:
    Pankaj Kumar Galhotra
    C/o RAMTeCH
    IT-23, IT Park,
    Sahastradhara Road,
    Dehradun-248001 (Uttrakhand)
    Mobile: +91-89-5477-5377

    CANNOT BELIEVE SUCH A BIG COMMUNICATION GAP AT THE TIME OF PURCHASE…NO IDEA ABOUT SERVICE AFTER SALES…

    I am still waiting for my AWB no., which DATAWIND is yet to provide with the expected date of product reaching to my location point.

    Please do something needful if you are in such a position…I will appreciate your help regarding this…thanks in advance

  5. My Open Courses says

    Excellent – THis will really help millions of students in India. 1130 is really cheap for a tablet. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  6. Mandar Vaze says

    Datawind site shows a picture with a cover that contains a keyboard. Does the Ubilslate (Commercial version of Aakash) come by default w/ keyboard and cover?

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